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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tom Morello interview in the Weekly Dig . . .



Truth to power never sounded so good



Remember that feeling you had the first time you heard Rage Against the Machine?

Their politically charged angst and reckless energy made you want to hurl Molotov cocktails at the White House—or least smash beer bottles—but hasn't been unleashed in a long time.

Guitarist Tom Morello has valiantly pressed on post-RATM, but with Zack de la Rocha on the sidelines, his massive talents have veered away from fiery rap metal and into more mainstream hard rock (Audioslave) and coffee house revolutionary (The Nightwatchman).

But that's all changed, now that Morello has joined forces with The Coup's explosive rapper, Boots Riley, on the ferocious debut from Street Sweeper Social Club.

"I was a fan of The Coup, but I was even more impressed with him performing acoustic," Morello, a Harvard University grad, recalled of his first musical dalliances with Riley. "I felt that the world really needed to hear this guy. I said, 'We're going to be in a band, it's going to be called Street Sweeper and it's going to be revolutionary party jams.'"

Read the rest here . . .

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